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Seth Jones is viewed as the No. 1 pick in the 2013 Entry Draft. Tampa Bay picks third.
Seth Jones appears to be a lock for the No. 1 pick in this year’s entry draft. According to Central Scouting, he is the top-rated player in this year’s draft class. Behind him, the draft order is anyone’s guess.
Center Nathan McKinnon is the No. 2. Left wing Jonathan Drouin could be the best available for the Lightning with the No. 3 pick.
Al Murray, Director of Amateur Scouting for the Lightning, gave a full breakdown of the four expected choices in the draft (via Lightning.nhl.com, Peter Pupello).
McKinnon and Drouin fit into the Lightning system, but a player like Valeri Nichushkin could be a great addition. Murray compares him to Alexander Ovechkin and Evgeni Malkin—not bad, but is he the best fit at No. 3?